Polka Dot Heaven

posted on: Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Bill Cunningham is one of my all-time faves, one of the most iconic photographers in fashion history and of course known for his raw street style. So whenever I do get to catch his column "On The Street"in the New York Times, it is always a treat.

This past Sunday he featured the art adorning the facade of Louis Vuitton's Fifth Avenue store in New York City. LV has been collaborating as of late with the mercurial Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, who is renown for the heavy emphasis on polka dots in her work. The Whitney Museum also launched a retrospective featuring Kusama to coincide with the Louis Vuitton unveiling. Notably, another Japanese designer, Rei Kawakubo showed a collection heavily laden with huge polka dots last spring.

So apparently its now officially a love affair again, but I did want to show you some beautiful bakelite bangles from the 1930s and 1940s that featured inlaid polka dot designs. There has long been a fascination with this geometrical shape, especially when it can be used to complement and to contrast. Bakelite jewelry in general enjoys a cult-like devotion among vintage connoisseurs today, and we are proud to have some great pieces in our collection here at CTVC.

I do however also share a love for polka dots, so yes, if I do get down to New York City in the coming weeks, I will be sure to stop by the Whitney Museum to take in what should be a very interesting exhibit!

Stay Fabulous, Carole

Downton Gatsby

posted on: Wednesday, July 4, 2012

We seem to be looking at a fall/winter season rich in hair adornments! These divine treasures reference the much-talked-about premier of The Great Gatsby, as well as the ongoing hit series Downton Abbey.

A creative way of achieving these looks could be to pin a favourite large-scale brooch onto a simple headband! We love this deco trend.

Stay Fabulous,

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